M-1 CUSTOM '87

CANDY APPLE RED

M-1 CUSTOM '87
$1,099.00
(U.S. Only)

While ESP first got started in 1975 as a small repair shop in Tokyo, it was really toward the mid ‘80s when our guitars and basses grabbed the attention of players around the world. The LTD ’87 Series are faithful recreations of this set of instruments from ESP’s 1987 catalog. The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, based on the legendary original ESP M-1 model, offers neck-thru-body construction for fast access to the highest frets. Its comfortable alder body and three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck are designed for speed and smooth playability. The M-1 Custom ’87 features a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge without a recess route and a single Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 pickup with a push-pull control for coil splitting, and an EMG PA-2 boost switch for when you need that extra push of raw power. Available in Black, Dark Metallic Blue, and Candy Apple Red finishes.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Candy Apple Red
Nut Width 43mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan Distortion
Electronics Passive w/ Active Boost
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)/EMG PA-2 Mini switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N
Media
LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk)

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk)

A legend of rock guitar takes a classic reissue out for a spin, and we all win! The mighty Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), one of ESP's most longterm artist endorsees, tries out the LTD M-1 Custom '87 in Dark...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Kevin Storm

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Kevin Storm

Netherlands-based session guitarist and producer Kevin Storm just did this awesome demo of the LTD M-1 Custom '87, part of our new '87 Series lineup. Available as shown in Candy Apple Red and also in Black and Dark Metallic...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Unboxing and Demo/Review by Martin "Skar" Berger

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Unboxing and Demo/Review by Martin "Skar" Berger

Martin "Skar" Berger of German symphonic folk metal band Equilibrium unboxes the LTD M-1 Custom '87, a guitar from our new '87 Series, and then shows you some of its tones and features. The LTD ’87 Series are faithful...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Pat Heath

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Pat Heath

The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, based on the legendary original ESP M-1 model, offers neck-thru-body construction for fast access to the highest frets. Its comfortable alder body and three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck are...
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2020 NAMM Show: '87 Series

2020 NAMM Show: '87 Series

Live at the 2020 NAMM Show, a product spotlight on the new LTD '87 Series guitars. More info on all "New for 2020" models here....
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Introducing the '87 Series

Introducing the '87 Series

ESP is celebrating our 45th anniversary in 2020, having gotten our start in 1975 as a small instrument repair shop in Tokyo. However, it was really toward the mid 1980s when our guitars and basses grabbed the attention of...
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Comments
Matt P.

Just got mine, and it is great. Not kidding when I say mine is equally as good as an ESP USA M-1 and my EBMM Majesty. I would definitely buy another if I were to part with one of my other guitars. The Korean factory did a great job. It's too bad this is a limited series. 

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing! 

Nathan M.

I got mine in today. Here's my review (after about 5 hours of playtime) if anyone is interested:

Wow. That was my first impression. The finish looks so cool. It has a metallic type sheen to it that is hard to photo, but looks great in person. The pickup and boost switch are a perfect match and sound AMAZING. This is my first SD Distortion pickup, but probably won't be my last. I typically prefer a JB, but this thing sounds amazing clean while split and clear/tight while under high gain. The non-routed Floyd looks and feels great too. I have a few different LTD, but this one has a bit thinner neck and wider fretboard. Not too thin like another brand, but a great profile in between. 

All in all, just super easy to play. Perfect setup out of the box, but that's probably due to Sweetwater. No uneven frets or sharp edges. It does cost a lot, but other than the lack of stainless steel frets (personal preference) and a case, I can't find anything else I would consider a flaw in mine. I've never played an E-II M1, but I've played an E-II MII and a USA shop M-I NTB (basically a dream guitar). To me, this guitar plays just as good as either of those minus the fret feel of the USA shop (again, my strong preference for stainless steel).

ESP is my favorite guitar brand because I can't find guitars from other brands that resonate with me as much, and this guitar is no exception. Maybe that makes me biased, but I love what I love and I've tried enough to know. It's cool to own something that honors and represents all the aspects that make this brand so great. 


Carl N.

Thanks for sharing!

James D.

Finally received my ESP LTD M-1 Custom 87. First thoughts? Meh! Why? It’s definitely not a 1k guitar! The finish is awesome! This guitar looks like a hot rod! Quality wise it is on the heavy side. The frets are level, but care was not taken to ensure the edges were smooth. Additionally, the frets are not smooth at all. I’m finding a scratchy feeling on bends. I’m not finding a need for the coil split, or I don’t even know if the boost actually works. Maybe it’s subtle. As expected, the SD distortion screams 80’s. The tone is kind of a warm and tight tone. I’m already packing it up, as I don’t care for it. Anyway, I’m going to end it with it is a nice low to mid end guitar just not for me. My personal opinion is for the same price you can get an E series. Once again, this is my opinion of this guitar. My viewpoint might be skewed, as my main guitar is an ESP.

Nathan M.

Interesting. What exactly makes it closer to a 400 than a 1000? Also, the boost switch is configurable. I'm not sure what the factory setting is, but you can adjust it via a trim pot in the back (open the cavity and you should see it). 20dB is a HUGE amount of gain to boost, so it sounds like yours is set low.

To me, 3 piece maple neck, alder body, Floyd 1000, boost switch, and Duncan Distortion all make it closer to a 1000 than 400, but that's just my opinion. 

I have one of these on order and can't wait. 

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing James!

James D.

Hey Nathan,

I did redo my review for ya.  I mean my m-400 is just as nice as this one.  Yeah...probably right on the boost.  Thanks for the advice.   Im not messing with it.  I’m old school and don’t see the need for it anyway.  I had a FRX a long time ago with the same feature and just left it on.  It did make a huge difference though.  This one is probably heading back to the dealer.  The frets just aren’t right.  

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Man, I would love something in Candy Apple Red in the E II range but I must admit I am seriously considering this guitar

Carl N.

Thanks for letting us know!

Nicholas L.

Sick guitar. Very general question, but is there a way to get the fat, warmer neck pickup tone on a single pickup guitar like this? That is the only thing keeping me from getting a single pickup guitar.

Carl N.

Hey Nicholas, you could always adjust your tone via your amp or pedal board.

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